Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera

So I found this Kodak Hawkeye camera at a local thrift store and jumped at the opportunity to get it. I’ve always wanted to use one and I saw this one at a great price. For me, these old box cameras create a sense of nostalgia for the past that I can’t seem to let go of.

The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye was considered a very popular box camera in it’s day. Even now film photographers get a real joy out of using them. This one was in pretty good shape, but it need a good cleaning. Because this cameras is so simple in it’s design, I was able to pull it apart and give it a good cleaning. That’s something that has always terrified me. The fear of putting the camera back together incorrectly was something that always sat at the back of my mind. This camera though, was very easy to pull apart and put back together. Once I cleaned the camera, I decided to test a roll of Kodak Portra 400 film. The images below are from that test. They are nothing special, but I thought I’d post the results here. I think I’ll search the net to see if there are any manuals for the camera. I’d like to know the best distance for taking pics and the actual shutter speed for the camera. Although, I think that may vary depending on how well the camera was kept.

I’ll be posting more pics from this camera soon, so please check back.

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